High Street, Wheatley, Oxford, Oxon, OX33
Offers in the Region of £420,000
3 bedroom Semi-Detached House for sale: High Street, Wheatley, Oxford, Oxon, OX33
Offers in the Region of £420,000
A Grade II listed stone-built character cottage of generous proportions in the conservation centrer of this well-provided South Oxfordshire village. Good access to M40 J 's 7a /8 and to Oxford. Excellent schools/shopping/ recreational/ medical and transport facilities available.
Understood to date from the early 18th or possibly late 17th. century, constructed of local limestone under a plain tiled roof, it was originally two cottages, subsequently made into one possibly in the early 1960s. It gains its name from the family that occupied one of the cottages for several generations, although it has been in the present sellers’ family for the past thirty years.
Ringland Cottage is a lovely traditional South Oxfordshire home, with a comfortable and relaxing aura boosted by a wealth of character, both to the exterior and interior. The ground floor reception rooms feature extensive beams and exposed joists, also Georgian-style paned windows, a good working open fireplace in the sitting room (draws well!) and a fully glazed garden door to the rear. The dining room, with open tread stairs leading to the first floor, features a full-width original stone-built fireplace (now sealed off) with some concealed back-lighting to make it an excellent stand-out display area. The kitchen is of a good size for a property of this age and type, and although the fittings are now of some age they are still of good quality and use, and offer space to instal a washing machine or washer-dryer, or separate tumble dryer if preferred, alternatively there is plumbing available for a dishwasher, together with room for an under-counter refrigerator – still leaving sufficient space for a small breakfast bar! The kitchen external door is the habitual means of access and there is a lean-to greenhouse adjoining the door entry which is useful for storage of wet boots and shoes, amongst other uses.
The first floor landing, accessed via a straight staircase, has a good range of adjustable wooden shelves for storage of books, etc., also a large airing cupboard with gas combi boiler which has been regularly serviced and tested since installation. There is also access via a ceiling hatch to a full-length large loft area with lined roof and insulation, electric lighting installed and some partial boarding for storage facilities.
The main bedroom, facing over the High Street, features a large chimney breast as the upper part of the sitting room fireplace/chimney and an alcove adjoining with a ledge at the rear. Bedroom 2 (also front facing) has a large built-in store cupboard with clothes hanging rails and some rack shelving. Bedroom 3 (rear facing) has an attractive garden outlook via a deep window recess, also a small though intriguing built-in closet cupboard (original use unknown). The bathroom has been up-dated in more recent years, now with a modern white suite with matching white tiling and decor. It presently has a cork-tiled floor, but carpet or vinyl could easily be overlaid to suit, if preferred.
All doors internally are in the traditional cottage style of tongue and grooved boarding, ledged and braced, and with a variety of latches, handles, pull-knobs and even an old rim-lock with round brass handle to one. Windows are part secondary glazed, to all front windows, the rear-facing bedroom, also the landing window and sitting room garden door. Light fittings to the two reception rooms were replaced together with new wiring to the garage and the external side passage lighting with all-weather switch, also a halogen flood-lamp overlooking the rear yard. Electrics were overhauled and a new electricity consumer unit was installed in 2009, with further works and installations completed in 2012.
The property has a large single garage with entrance from Hollow Way, with a right-of-way across the rear of the adjoining properties at all times. It has ample power and light points, a sink with cold water plumbing and waste, and a drop-down ladder access to a very useful. full-length floored and lined dry storage area.
The gardens are pretty and attractive, comprising a large yard with concreted base and surface drainage points, also a raised feature shrub/flower bed with a built-up stone “well” (feature only, no longer operational) and a small boxed raised rose bed. Hanging baskets compliment the rear wall of the cottage, either side of the garden door which is a nice original feature. A small lean-to fully glazed greenhouse with sliding door is very useful for a variety of purposes other than a greenhouse if not required as such. The rear of the garden is reached via wide concrete steps and a paved and stepped pathway leading to the side garage door which provides easy access. One section of the raised garden is laid with stone cobs, also some stone-lined or brick-lined flower beds with rose bushes, and a long stone wall at the rear of the yard which displays a block at the end with the old postal number “53” carved into it – the other half of Ringland Cottage in its former two-cottage state! The elevated lawned section of garden has a low wooden picket fence surrounding to mark its boundaries to a 4ft. drop down to the rear passageway. There are various rose bushes and climbers enjoying the shelter of the high stone walling which shields the garden to the right hand boundary and a lower stone wall to the left boundary adjoining the drive access/ parking area for the adjacent properties.
Ringland Cottage deserves its Grade II status as a Listed Building of Architectural Interest, and is set within the conservation area of Wheatley High Street. It forms an important and historic part of the characterful village centre, and its preservation is guaranteed accordingly.
Wheatley enjoys excellent facilities for a village of its size and location, with local shops (including a traditional butcher and a bakery), restaurants and a bistro, takeaways and small general stores. There is also a local Co-op, a pharmacy, and a supermarket with petrol station at the end of the village. There is a doctor’s surgery/medical central which incorporates its own pharmacy, also private dentist and other healthcare facilities, a Post Office with a.t.m., hairdressers, gents barbers and estate agents– you name it, Wheatley has it!
There is an active social life, plenty of sports facilities and a number of local societies covering a wide variety of topics, in addition to a library and public meeting room.
There is also a good bus service running between Aylesbury and Oxford (Service 280) and other local bus services presently operating.
THE PROPERTY IN MORE DETAIL COMPRISES AS FOLLOWS (all dimensions are approximate):
SITTING ROOM: 4.05 x 4.45m (13’3 x 14'6 max into alcoves). Dual aspect to front and rear (secondary glazed window to front), with fully glazed and secondary paned matching exterior garden door to the rear giving access to the yard via a single step. Brick-lined open working fireplace with tiled path and beamed lintel, fitted with a black-metal hood, grate and decorative fire back, and with a heavy black metal fender. Twin wall lights mounted to the chimney breast, two radiators each fitted with a t.r.v. valve to regulate, stained-pine store cupboard with twin doors concealing the gas meter to one alcove, telephone point and three double power points, and also t.v. aerial connections available for u.h.f./terrestrial or for cable connection. Internal door opening to a shallow recess and giving access to the external front door opening from the High Street. Timber curtain poles to windows, and curved curtain track with draw-string cord above the garden door. Close- fitted carpet, extending into the dining room which is accessed via a latched cottage door.
DINING ROOM: 4.05 x 3.70m (13’4 x 12’2 max). Front aspect, with a secondary glazed window, large feature stone fireplace with tiled hearth and heavy cross-beam with concealed lighting behind (switched from the interior of the store cupboard adjoining). Further double store cupboard with matching latched and strap-hinged cottage doors, each with a round wooden pull handle – the left hand cupboard has twin hanging rails and some overhead storage above, and the right hand deep double cupboard is shelved to the interior, and with the electricity consumer unit and meters board to the upper rear wall. Secondary glazed window, matching wooden curtain pole with printed cotton curtains as installed. Radiator with t.r.v., two double power points and twin wall lights. Solid timber stained and varnished open tread staircase leading to the first floor. Step up and open access leading to:
KITCHEN: 3.60 x 2.75m (11’9 x 9’0 excluding door recess). Deep window reveal with quarry-tiled sill overlooking the rear garden, part-glazed and panelled solid wood external door looking into/giving access to the yard. Fitted with a range of solid wood moulded-front drawers and cupboards in a medium oak effect, with two lattice glazed display wall cupboards, and with a good range of hopsack-finish melamine-covered worktops incorporating a one-and-a-half bowl stainless steel sink unit, electric cooker recess with power point and integrated single socket. Further recesses and plumbing available for a washing machine or washer/dryer, also for a slim-line dishwasher, and sufficient space for an under-counter refrigerator (there is also a vent for a tumble dryer if desired). Radiator under the breakfast bar, vented through the worktop area above. Twin spot-lamp points and under-counter lighting to the wall cupboards either side of the cooking area, operated from a single switch by the rear door entry. Three double power points to tiled areas above worktops, also various isolation switches for appliances and for the external lighting. Vinyl tile-effect floor-covering as fitted.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING: 4.80m (15’9 overall length). Small window to rear with sloping recess, secondary glazed hinged panel, and roller blind mounted above (gives good ventilation/air circulation during warmer weather). Twin ceiling pendant lights, double-switched at either end of the landing. Range of heavy solid timber shelves on adjustable brackets to the upper stairwell area, providing book storage or display area. Loft access hatch with push-up cover. Door opening to the boiler/airing cupboard, which contains a Vaillant wall-mounted gas powered combi-boiler in a protective timber and wire cage with openable doors, and in front two deep wood-slatted lift-out shelves for airing, switching for an internal light, power supply for the boiler pump and also for a loft light. Ceiling mounted smoke alarm, and upper wall-mounted carbon monoxide alarm, as fitted. Double power point at low level to one wall. Close fitted carpet matching the ground floor receptions.
BEDROOM 1 (Front facing):
3.25 x 4.85m (10’9 x 15'10 max. into recesses). Front aspect, with a secondary glazed paned window, timber curtain pole mounted above with curtains as installed. Radiator with t.r.v., two double power points, telephone extension point, ceiling pendant light.. This room features the upper part of the sitting room fireplace chimney breast, and also a display ledge to the rear of the adjoining alcove, all in a semi rough-cast painted plaster finish.
BEDROOM 2 (Front facing):
3.45 x 3.50m (11’3 x 11’6 max. into alcoves). Front aspect, with a secondary glazed paned window, timber curtain pole with curtains as fitted, radiator with t.r.v., double power point and telephone extension point. Large built-in store/wardrobe cupboard with wide latched door, shelved and ledged to the interior, and containing an extendable aluminium ladder for access to the loft. Ceiling pendant light. Latched cottage door with original fittings including a rim-lock, brass turn-knob handles, and internal security latch.
BEDROOM 3 (Rear aspect): 3.35 x 2.70m (11’0 x 8’10). Deep window recess, secondary-glazed and with a fitted pine sill. Timber curtain pole with curtains as fitted, radiator with t.r.v., two single power points, ceiling pendant light, cottage door with black metal double coat hook to the inner panel, small built-in shelved store cupboard with matching door (original purpose and use unknown).
BATHROOM: 4.05 x 1.60m (13’3 x 5’3 max. overall). Rear aspect, with an obscured double casement window at upper level. Equipped with a white suite comprising a wood-panelled enamel steel bath with mixer deck incorporating a shower attachment mounted to the upper wall, glazed side screen adjoining a tiled ledge and splash-back area, shower curtain rail mounted to the wall above the outer edge. Close-coupled WC, pedestal wash basin. Wall-mounted mirror with electric shaver/ light, range of pine bathroom fittings comprising a double mirror-fronted bathroom wall cabinet, shaped towel rail, tooth mug and brush holder, soap dish holder and toilet roll holder. Radiator with t.r.v., latched door with twin-branch chromed coat hook to the upper inner panel. Central ceiling- mounted enclosed bathroom light with pull cord switch, and a small built-in store cupboard to the left of the bath . Cork tile flooring, white tiling and boxing to the window wall. Decorated fully in white with a matching roller blind to the window reveal.
DETACHED SINGLE GARAGE:
6.80 x 2.85m (22’3 x 9’4 max. internal measurements) Constructed of stone and blockwork under a modern clay tiled roof, with metal up-and-over main door, tongue & grooved latched side door, and window overlooking the garden. Separate electricity consumer unit with armoured supply cabling, ample power points and twin ceiling strip lights, operated from a twin sealed-unit wall switch by the internal door entry – the other switch controls the garden lights on a dual-switching arrangement from the interior of the house and also from the side passageway. Also with a plumbed-in sink unit with cold water feed only and waste point, old base and wall-mounted cupboards with a worktop over, and various wall-mountings for tools, brackets for a ladder and other fixings. Drop-down access to a loft void, which is fully floored to the interior in plywood and lined to the roof, providing dry, safe storage.
NB: Drop-down lead for plug-in lighting available as installed.
REAR GARDEN: Overall 13.8 x 9.9m (43’3 x 32’6, including the garage). Comprising a large concrete based yard area with twin surface water drainage points, raised bed with feature stone “well” (no longer functioning), stone retaining wall to the rear, small lean-to glazed greenhouse with sliding door.
External security lamp with p.i.r. sensor and all-weather sealed switch, concrete steps and pathway leading to the garage side door and raised area with stone-cob base, stone-lined rose/flower beds and a brick-lined nursery bed against the garden retaining wall. Elevated level area of terraced lawn, with brick and stone built retaining wall adjoining the side passageway, with various flower beds, roses and climbers planted. Front to rear passageway from the gated side access from the High Street, with security light and further lighting to the garden retaining wall operated by a sealed all-weather switch.
Two beamed reception rooms with feature fireplaces (one in working order), fitted kitchen with solid - wood fronted units. First floor landing, three double bedrooms, modern white bathroom with shower. Part secondary glazing, full gas central heating, lots of "character" features. Enclosed landscaped parking.
Tel: 020 8370 4800